Programmes

Living Well With Bipolar Disorder Programme

We are now inviting people to apply for the pilot phase of our new Living Well With Bipolar Disorder Programme. We will be offering this programme in a virtual and in-person group settings.

What is the Living Well With Bipolar Disorder Programme?

Living Well With Bipolar Disorder is an information and support programme, designed for people with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder. Educational in nature, the aim of the programme is to provide you with opportunities to understand and manage bipolar disorder effectively, equipping you with the knowledge and tools to live well.

The programme is delivered over the course of seven weeks by a mental health professional. The weekly 90 minute sessions are workshop style to offer a participative learning environment. The workshops provide an opportunity for discussion but at no stage is anyone asked to share information if they do not wish to.

During this programme, we hope you will:

  • Increase your understanding of bipolar disorder
  • Explore the causes and course of bipolar disorder
  • Prioritise getting and using support
  • Develop strategies to manage bipolar disorder effectively
  • Prepare strategies to cope with setbacks
  • Consider the benefits of embracing acceptance
  • Deepen your understanding of the impact of bipolar disorder on you as an individual and on the people who support you
  • View yourself as being ‘more than having bipolar disorder’
  • Complete your own Wellness Plan

As part of the programme, we also aim to provide the people who support you with the opportunity to increase their understanding of bipolar disorder and how they can better support you. We will be inviting you to bring a Support Person to Session 6. This will be discussed and prepared for in previous sessions.

As we are piloting this programme in 2021, we will be asking all participants to complete an evaluation form at the end of the programme. Your valuable feedback will enable us to make any necessary adjustments to improve the programme for future participants.

To ensure a duty of care to all participants, we request that you receive signed consent from your GP or psychiatrist prior to participating in this programme. We will ask you to provide at time of registration. We also recommend that you inform your GP or psychiatrist that you intend to participate in the follow on support group.

Follow On Participant Support Group

On completion of the programme, all participants will be invited to attend a dedicated Support Group.

This offering will be available for 6 weeks and is designed to allow time for you to reflect on the programme and give and receive support as you further explore or implement the learnings.

Once the 6 weeks is complete, if you wish to continue availing of peer to peer support, we would encourage you to consider attending one of our Support & Self Care Groups. These groups are open to any adult experiencing depression, bipolar disorder or related mood conditions.

Register for Living Well With Bipolar Disorder

The first Living Well With Bipolar Disorder Programme will start week beginning 25 October 2021.
Registration will open on 4 October 2021.

There will be an in-person group
as well as a virtual group setting available.

Click below to receive a reminder via
email when registration opens.

Express Interest

Essential Considerations

Please see below for some essential considerations and frequently asked questions about this programme.

The programme is aimed at individuals, who reside in Ireland, who have a diagnosis of bipolar disorder and wish to learn how to understand and manage their bipolar disorder.

Yes, this programme is suitable for anyone with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder who would like to understand more about the condition, how it impacts you and new ways to manage and live well with bipolar disorder.

Yes, this programme is suitable for anyone with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder who would like to understand more about the condition, how it impacts you and new ways to manage and live well with bipolar disorder.

You do not have to attend the Support Group but we strongly encourage you to consider attending to give you an opportunity to reflect on the programme and give and receive support as you further explore or implement the learnings.

Yes. To ensure a duty of care to all participants, we request that you receive signed consent from your GP or psychiatrist prior to participating in this programme. We will ask you to provide at time of registration.

We also recommend that you inform your GP or psychiatrist that you intend to participate in the follow on support group.

Yes, only individuals aged 18 years and over may take part in Aware’s Living Well With Bipolar Disorder Programme.

90 minute sessions each week for seven consecutive weeks.

The only exception is week six, that week the session is 120 minutes.

Nobody will be obliged to share personal information or experiences.

About This Programme

Aware was founded in 1985 by Dr Patrick McKeon, Consultant Psychiatrist, former Director of St Patrick’s Mental Health Services and renowned expert in the area of bipolar disorder. Dr McKeon created Aware in response to the clear need for information, understanding and support – both for individuals who have a diagnosis of depression or bipolar disorder, as well as family members supporting a loved one.

Building on the original aims of Dr McKeon, the Aware Living Well With Bipolar Disorder Programme was developed in 2021 to provide people who experience bipolar disorder and those who support them with opportunities to understand and manage the condition effectively. The source material and final clinical oversight of the programme was provided by Dr Declan Lyons, Consultant Psychiatrist and member of the Board of Directors and Clinical Committee at Aware.

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